Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Library

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, November 30th, from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish.  El cuaderno de Maya / Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende is the selected book for November.

This contemporary, coming-of-age story centers upon Maya Vidal, a remarkable teenager abandoned by her parents, who grows up in a rambling old house in Berkeley with her grandparents.  Her grandmother, Nini, is a force of nature – willful and outspoken, unconventionally wise, and fiercely protective – a woman whose formidable strength helped her build a new life after emigrating from Chile in 1973.  Popo, Maya’s grandfather, is an African-American astronomer and professor, a gentle, loving man who is Maya’s guiding light.  After the death of her beloved grandfather, Maya, along with a circle of girlfriends known as “the vampires,” turns to drugs, alcohol, and petty crime in a downward spiral that eventually leads to Las Vegas and a dangerous underworld.  She becomes trapped in a war between assassins, the police, the FBI, and Interpol.  Her one chance for survival is Nini, who helps her escape to a remote island off the coast of Chile.  In the care of her grandmother’s old friend, Manuel Arias, Maya begins to record her story in her notebook, as she tries to make sense of her past and unravel the mysteries of her family and her own life.

Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel states, “When you discuss a great book with others who have read it, you can share your perspectives and learn how other people might interpret the story differently.  The discussions are a perfect way to learn about interesting books and converse in both languages.”                    

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month with the exception of the month of December.  The book group will meet again on January 25, 2014, when readers will discuss the classic novel Las uvas de la ira / The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. 

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org  or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

2nd Tuesday Book Club to discuss Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at 6:00 PM in the Board Room. This month’s selection is the classic, Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens.

Following his father's death, John Harmon returns to London to claim his inheritance, but he finds he is eligible only if he marries Bella Wilfur. To observe her character, he assumes another identity and secures work with his father's foreman, Mr. Boffin, who is also Bella's guardian. Disguise and concealment play an important role in the novel and individual identity is examined within the wider setting of London life. In the 1860s, the city was aflame with spiralling financial speculation while thousands of homeless scratched a living from the detritus of the more fortunate. Indeed, John Harmon's father amassed his wealth by recycling waste.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on December 10, 2013, with a discussion on The Round House by Louise Erdrich. The selection for January 14, 2014, will be The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey. All library programs are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Library

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, October 26th, from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish. Inferno by Dan Brown is the selected book for October.

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (of The Da Vinci Code) returns in another thriller that invokes history, architecture, science, and conspiracy.  Langdon wakes up in a hospital bed with no memory of the preceding 36 hours.  He’s surprised to find himself in Florence, Italy, and even more shocked to discover someone is out to kill him for something he knows.  The doctor treating him helps him to escape from an assassin, and the chase is on.  Can Langdon follow clues that tie in to Dante’s epic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, and stop a plot destined to change the world forever?

Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel states, “When you discuss a great book with others who have read it, you can share your perspectives and learn how other people might interpret the story differently.  The discussions are a perfect way to learn about interesting books and converse in both languages”.                     

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of each month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In November, Rincon Literario readers will discuss El cuaderno de Maya / Maya’s Notebook  by Isabel Allende.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org  or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss Toby’s Room by Pat Barker

The Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at 6:00 PM, in the Board Room. This month’s selection is Toby’s Room by Pat Barker.
 
This indelible portrait of a family torn apart by war focuses on Toby Brooke, a medical student, and his younger sister Elinor. Enmeshed in a web of complicated family relationships, Elinor and Toby are close: some might say too close. But when World War I begins, Toby is posted to the front as a medical officer while Elinor stays in London to continue her fine art studies. Toby’s Room is an eloquent literary narrative of hardship and resilience, love and betrayal, and anguish and redemption. In unflinching yet elegant prose, Pat Barker captures the enormity of the war’s impact—not only on soldiers at the front but on the loved ones they leave behind.
 
The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on November 12, 2013, with a discussion on the classic, Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens.  The selection for December 10th will be The Round House by Louise Erdrich.

All Library programs are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia in downtown Escondido. For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact the Library Information desk at 760-839-4839.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, September 28th, from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish. La ladrona de libros / The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is the selected book for September.

This bestseller is Markus Zusak’s unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.  The setting is Nazi Germany, 1939.  Death has never been busier – and will become busier still.  Death himself narrates the story of Liesel Meminger beginning at the time she is taken at age nine to live with a foster family in Molching, Germany.  When she arrives she has just stolen her first book – although she has not yet learned how to read.  Across the ensuing years into the 1940s, Liesel collects more stolen books as well as a peculiar set of friends.  With the help of her foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. 

Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel states, “When you discuss a great book with others who have read it, you can share your perspectives and learn how other people might interpret the story differently.  The discussions are a perfect way to learn about interesting books and converse in both languages”.

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of each month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In October, Rincon Literario readers will discuss Inferno by Dan Brown.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org  or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

2nd Tuesday Book Club to discuss Sky of Red Poppies by Zahreh Ghahremani

The Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday September 20, 2013 at 6:00 PM, in the Board Room. This month’s selection is Sky of Red Poppies by Zahreh Ghahremani.

Sky of Red Poppies begins with a casual friendship between two schoolgirls coming of age in a politically divided 1960's Iran under rule of the Shah. Roya, the daughter of a prominent family, is envious of the fierce independence of her religious classmate Shireen. But Shireen has secrets of her own. Together, Roya and Shireen contend with becoming the women they want to be, and in doing so, make decisions that will cause their tragic undoing.   Set against the backdrop of a nation forced to mute its profound identity, Sky of Red Poppies is a novel about culture, politics and the redeeming power of friendships.  

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on October 8, 2013 with a discussion on Toby’s Room by Pat Barker.  The selection for November 12th will be Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens.

All library programs are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia in downtown Escondido. For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit www.library.escondido.org or contact the library reference desk at 760-839-4839.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Library

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, August 31st from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish. Un paseo para recordar / A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks is the selected book for August.

Sure to wring yet more tears from willing readers’ eyes, this forced coming–of-age story by bestselling author, Nicholas Sparks, is sure to do just that.  Every April when the wind smells of both the sea and lilacs, Landon Carter remembers 1958, his last year at Beaufort High.  Landon had dated a girl or two, and even once had sworn he’d been in love.  Certainly, the last person he thought he’d fall for was Jamie Sullivan, the shy, almost ethereal daughter of the town’s Baptist minister.  Against his best intentions, Landon finds himself falling for Jamie, this girl who is destined to show him the depths of the human heart – and the joy and pain of living.

Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel said, “When you discuss a great book with others who have read it, you can share your perspectives and learn how other people might interpret the story differently.  The discussions are a perfect way to learn about interesting books and converse in both languages”.

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of each month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In September, Rincon Literario readers will discuss La ladrona de libros / The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak. .

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org  or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Library

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, June 29th from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish.

In La distancia entre nosotros / The Distance Between Us the author, Reyna Grande, skillfully depicts another side of the immigrant experience—the hardships and heartbreaks of the children who are left behind.  Through her brutally honest firsthand account of growing up in Mexico without her parents, Grande sheds light on the often overlooked consequence of immigration—the disintegration of a family. 

“I encourage you to read this poignant memoir” said Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel. “When you discuss a great book with others who have read it, you can share your perspectives and learn how other people might have interpreted the story differently.  The discussions are a perfect way to discuss interesting books and converse in both languages”.

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of each month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In July, Rincon Literario readers will discuss La Laguna / The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver.   

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org  or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group at Escondido Library

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, May 25th from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish.

La cupula / Under the Dome, a thriller by Stephen King is the selected book for May’s discussion.  On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Maine, a small town is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field.  Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage and cars explode on impact.  Families are separated and panic mounts.  No one can fathom what the barrier is, where it came from, and when – or if – it will go away.

“I encourage you to read this exciting book” said Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel. “When you discuss a great book with others who have read it, you can share your perspectives and learn how other people might have interpreted the story differently.  The discussions are a perfect way to discuss interesting books and converse in both languages”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of each month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In June Rincon Literario readers will discuss La distancia entre nosotros  / The Distance Between Us  by Reyna Grande.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org or call 760.839.4814.

Escondido Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets April 27th

Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, April 27th from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the library’s Board Room. The Escondido Public Library is located in downtown Escondido at 239 South Kalmia Street.

“La breve y maravillosa vida de Oscar Wao” / “Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz is the selected book for this month.  Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd who dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and of finding love.  But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the fuku – the curse that has haunted his family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love.  Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim. We are immersed in the tumultuous life of Oscar and his family history, rendered with genuine warmth and humor, and insight into the Dominican-American family experience.  It displays an endless human capacity to persevere in the face of heartbreak and loss, a true literary triumph.

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of each month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. The discussions are a perfect way to discuss interesting books and converse in both languages

In May Rincon Literario readers will discuss La cupula / Under the Dome by Stephen King.  A list of future Rincón Literario selections is available at http://library.escondido.org. For more information on the library’s book discussion groups and other programs, visit the library website or call 760.839.4814.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public.

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